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User acceptance of myoelectric forearm prostheses is currently low. Awkward control, lack of feedback, and difficult training are cited as primary reasons. Recently, researchers have focused on exploiting the new possibilities offered by advancements in prosthetic technology. Alternatively, researchers could focus on prosthesis acceptance by developing(More)
This paper presents a new inherently triaxial accelerometer-based system for determining the ability to maintain balance while standing. In this study, the accelerometer was placed at the back of the subject at the approximate height of the centre of mass. The data were processed to obtain five performance parameters. Paired t-tests indicated that the(More)
A limited number of clinical studies have examined the effect of poststroke rehabilitation with robotic devices on hemiparetic arm function. We systematically reviewed the literature to assess the effect of robot-aided therapy on stroke patients' upper-limb motor control and functional abilities. Eight clinical trials were identified and reviewed. For four(More)
The surface electromyographic (SEMG) signal obtained during gait is often presented as the SEMG profile, the average SEMG activation pattern during one gait cycle. A disadvantage of this method is that it omits the step-to-step variability of the timing of the muscle activation patterns that might be relevant information as a performance measure of motor(More)
Today's mobile devices have become increasingly powerful with enhanced features such as increased CPU power and memory, internet connectivity in multiple ways (multi-homing) and interfacing with external peripheral devices (for instance GPS receiver, medical sensors). The proliferation of these mobile devices combined with an increasing willingness of users(More)
INTRODUCTION Arm support like gravity compensation may improve arm movements during stroke rehabilitation. It is unknown how gravity compensation affects muscle activation patterns during reach and retrieval movements. Since muscle activity during reach is represented by a component varying with movement velocity and a component supposedly counteracting(More)
BACKGROUND Arm support to help compensate for the effects of gravity may improve functional use of the shoulder and elbow during therapy after stroke, but gravity compensation may alter motor control. OBJECTIVE To obtain quantitative information on how gravity compensation influences muscle activation patterns during functional, 3-dimensional reaching(More)
To accommodate the requirements such as high usability and personalization of 4G (mobile) networks, conventional handheld single network-interface mobile devices are evolving into multi-homed devices. Moreover, owing to the recent advances in the mobile middleware technologies, hardware technologies and association with the human user, handheld mobile(More)
Improving physical activity patterns is an important focus in the treatment of chronic illnesses. We describe a system to monitor activity and provide feedback to help patients reach a healthy daily pattern. The system has shown positive effects in trials on patient groups including COPD and obese patients. We describe the design and implementation of a new(More)